homeless day 17
master_jim2008 | June 20, 2008 at 07:18 pmby
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i am not looking forward to my drive to redding. not that i don't like redding, but it's 130 miles round trip in gas, and if it was 80 here today, it'l be 100 there. i don't do heat well.
what i want to do from this experience of being homeless is to perhaps some day speak before congress and suggest ways to cut through the red tape to get displaced people the help they need without the ton of rules that make help way too slow in coming and woefully inadequate. i would like to be the "poster child" if you will, for the face of homelessness in america. not just the face of homeless bums, but the face of the "new generation" of homeless who were displaced by the sagging economy. lets face it, we're all in for a rough ride ahead and what happened to me can just as easily happen to millionaires. if you are one, you're probably laughing your butt off at the very thought of it happening to you, but don't forget how many rich folks lost it all and many even committed suicide over the crash of 1929.
it's a day now past the deadline to get stuff from my house. i try not to think about all the stuff i had to leave behind. furniture my dad built when i was a kid, all my mounted and framed artwork i did in college, my beloved waterbed, my U shaped desk. lots of stuff that can't be replaced, but so much more that can be lived without till i'm back on my feet financially. i may be all broken up and crippled with a bum left arm (i don't have full use of it since i shattered my left elbow into 22 pieces in 1995, and degenerative disks in my back, and now my broken arm and torn ACL in my right knee, and high blood pressure, but i will survive this and be happy about it. damn, i read what i just wrote, and i sound like i'm on my deathbed. but i can assure you i'm not. i can still drive a forklift, bus or bobtail with the best of them. driving is my forte. it's where i shine.
i got up this morning, showered, went into town, checked mail and went to my doctor. just what i need, more meds. i look like a walking pharmacy as it is. i have to have a bone density scan before she determines if i need, you guessed it, more meds.
i drive to redding, and get to the dentist 90 min early. why? my car temp guage was going 1-2 bars over normal. up and down it'd go. i knew the waiting room would be a zoo, but it had a/c. the town was so embarrassed about the heat, they didn't even turn on their temp sign. i go in, i tell the girl i know i'm early, my appointmrnt is at 2:30.she said, "that's ok, sign in anyway." i told her i can't and raised my arm. she said, "well what's your name?" i told her, and she said she'd take care of it.
well after seeing 9 patients come in after i did, and they got treated, i'm like WTF? so i went and asked and found that the girl had got distracted and forgot to put my file in the que.
by the time i had got out of there, i missed my ssi appointment, my dinner at the shelter, and my ability to check out the shelter. i let the office manager hear about it too.
so someone outside was nice enough to put water in my radiator, and coming back home, the bars never went over normal once. i get back to my parking spot to find it's hot and muggy still, and it started raining, so i'm typing from my car. i can still get signal from here. my dentures will be ready on the 8th of july. i want to have the funds by then to just leave california and never look back.
my arm hurts, it's vicodin time, and trust me, you don't me spouting off under the influence of that, so it's off i go.
if you are looking to donate, there are 3 ways. listed from fastest to slowest
1. deposit $ into paypal, my name there is firstname.lastname@example.org
2. postal money order sent to james martin, po box 867, mt shasta, ca 96067
3. http://www.myspace.com/simplyou23 and donate through her paypal
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